For some reason this one image from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone (which was my favorite cookbook forever ago and is really very vegan-useful) has been lodged in my brain, even though I haven’t looked at the pictures sections in years, probably.
It’s Posole with Red Chile Pods. It just looks so strange. What the heck is it? It’s dried corn treated with lime, like the kind corn tortillas are made out of, or what grits are, but in big kernels still, apparently. Crazy. So because of that cookbook photo flashback I was compelled to get some hominy corn last time I was looking at all the beans in the Goya section. Anyway you have to soak it.
I think this Goya kind of hominy is not so cool because some of the pictures I have seen, there are whole kernels, whereas these ones are all broken up. Then you have to boil them for two hours. The kernels are supposed to open up like underwater popcorn! These ones are all stupid and broken already though. So instead they just look like children’s teeth. It’s creepy. I guess that is good for Halloween though?
Do you see what I mean. Anyway, apparently some posole recipes have many more ingredients, like stock and pork and tomatoes and butternut squash and all manner of items. This one is just garlic, onion, hominy, oregano, salt, pepper, and dried chile peppers. I would have added some more things if I had googled it before right now, maybe. Then you garnish it with tortilla strips, cabbage, and cilantro. It was reasonable but I don’t know if I would make it again unless I were having a teeth-themed party. I will have to find something to do with my other half of the bag of subpar hominy.
For dessert I made an apple thing using Deb Mad’s gallete dough made with Earth Balance. Mr. O calls it “the gullet pie.” Men seem to have some kind of problem with “galette”…
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